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The Anaheim International Film Festival announced a Grand Opening Night Gala event on Wednesday, October 13 featuring five feature films and a collection of film shorts to launch an ambitious program of films, filmmaker panels and gala events over the course of the inaugural edition of the five-day festival (October 13-17) at UltraStar Cinemas at Anaheim GardenWalk.

Representing the diversity of the lineup of films set for AIFF, film goers will participate in the festivities and see featured films including Jonathan Lynn’s WILD TARGET, the United States premiere of Academy Award nominee David Bradbury’s GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION, Alexandra Codina’s MONICA & DAVID, Mamoru Hosoda’s SUMMER WARS, a special Shorts Presentation and a special presentation of John Hughes’ classic SIXTEEN CANDLES, honoring the late director.

The Gala evening will feature red carpet entrances at the Anaheim GardenWalk, screenings at UltraStar Cinemas and an after party in the beautiful Anaheim GardenWalk Courtyard.

AIFF will feature 127 feature films and shorts.

Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman of the Anaheim International Film Festival, said, “The screening of multiple films on Opening Night enables us to welcome a larger audience of Orange County movie goers and shine the spotlight on more of our talented filmmakers. This is an ideal way to introduce our festival and the impressive variety of films we intend to offer. Our team has worked very hard to deliver a world-class film program that will establish the AIFF as a valuable platform for emerging filmmakers and long-term addition to the festival circuit.”

The Opening Night Gala films include:

WILD TARGET (representing narrative films)
Directed by Jonathan Lynn and featuring the all-star cast of Emily Blunt, Rupert Everett, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy, Eileen Atkins, Martin Freeman and Gregor Fisher, WILD TARGET is an action comedy about a middle-aged, solitary assassin who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims – a beautiful thief. He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring in the process a young apprentice. Believing the assassin to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client.

MONICA & DAVID (representing documentaries)
Directed by first time filmmaker Alexandra Codina, MONICA AND DAVID explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have: an independent life. Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film weaves together intimate footage with personal interviews, revealing the complexity of their story. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, who worry about rejection from the mainstream world, have trouble letting go. Although marriage is very unusual for adults with intellectual disabilities, throughout the film Monica and David become a model for love and challenge what it means to be an adult. The film premieres nationally on HBO October 14.

GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION (representing Wild Blue: The AIFF Sports Showcase)
Directed by David Bradbury, the documentary seeks to unravel one of surfing’s great mysteries: Who started the Shortboard Revolution? Filmed in Australia, Hawaii and California and featuring extraordinary archival footage of surf legends of the past four decades as well as the hottest surfers today, GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION is not your usual surfing film. Set to a pumping soundtrack including tracks by Pearl Jam, Powderfinger, Spoon and Boards of Canada plus iconic artists from the summer of love including Manfred Man, Russell Morris and Thunderclap Newman, the film tells the story of an era, of a revolution and the extraordinary characters that made it happen. The film is narrated by Simon Baker.

SUMMER WARS (representing animation)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the animated adventure focuses on ‘Kenji Koiso,’ an eleventh grade math genius, following his decision to take a summer job at the Nagano hometown of his crush, ‘Natuski.’ When he arrives, he finds that her family has reunited to celebrate the 90th birthday of the family matriarch and he must pretend to be her fiancé. As if that isn’t enough to contend with, his attempt to solve a mathematical equation has caused a parallel world’s collision with earth.

SIXTEEN CANDLES (Special Presentation)
John Hughes’ classic comedy stars Molly Ringwald as a fifteen-year-old girl with a crush on the most popular boy in school. However, standing between her and the boy is the geekiest boy in school with a crush on her, her big sister’s wedding, a visit by inappropriate grandparents, and on top of it all – the indignity of having the rest of her family forget her birthday. Add all this adds up to the makings of a hilarious and unforgettable journey into young womanhood. The film also stars Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Justin Henry, John Cusack and Joan Cusack.

OPENING NIGHT SHORTS SELECTIONS
This exclusive presentation salutes some of today’s best and brightest shorts filmmakers. Representing most of the various styles that will play over the course of the film festival, the films include Joshua and Rebekah Weigel’s BUTTERFLY CIRCUS; Max Lang’s and Jakob Schuh’s THE GRUFFALO; Iram Haq’s LITTLE MISS EYEFLAP; Natalia Mirzoyan’s MY CHILDHOOD MYSTERY TREE; Lilli Birdsell’s ONCE UPON A CRIME; James Redford’s QUALITY TIME, starring Jason Patric; Cordell Barker’s RUNAWAY; and Peter Meech’s WINNER BEST SHORT FILM.

Closing Night Gala presentation:

INHALE
Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, the dramatic thriller stars Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Shepard, Vincent Perez and Jordi Molla. The story follows the horrific struggle a couple go through upon discovering their daughter has been diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. Needing a lung transplant, but with many patients ahead of her on the waiting list for donors, they seek out a mysterious doctor who performs transplants in Juarez, Mexico. However, in the course of their pursuit, they uncover an illegal organ harvesting operation where the donors are in fact, the victims and now they may have to choose between saving the life of their daughter or saving the lives of many other children.

AIFF Awards Night Celebration:

AIFF will truly turn the spotlight on the filmmakers and film fans alike with an Awards Night Celebration on Saturday, October 16 with an exclusive red carpet experience at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Presented by Disneyland Resort, the awards gala will honor film industry icons with Lifetime and Career Achievement Awards for outstanding work and contributions to motion pictures. The dinner and awards presentation will be capped off with a VIP showing of “World of Color,” the new nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park weaving water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination.

Jonathan Lynn and Hector Elizondo will be presented with the first Anaheim Film Honors awards during the AIFF Awards Night Celebration.

Jonathan Lynn is perhaps best known for MY COUSIN VINNY (1992), a critical and commercial hit that garnered an Academy Award for Marisa Tomei. In addition, he has delivered a signature series of comedies highlighted by films like NUNS ON THE RUN (1990) with Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane. That film won the Golden Cane Award at the Festival de Comedie in Switzerland. His 1993 film, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN (1992), starring Eddie Murphy won a Special Award from the Political Film Society, as well as the Environmental Media Award. His other films include the ensemble comedy, CLUE (1985); GREEDY (1994) starring Michael J. Fox and Kirk Douglas; SGT. BILKO (1996) starring Steve Martin; TRIAL AND ERROR (1997); THE WHOLE NINE YARDS (2000) starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry; and THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS (2003).

Hector Elizondo is considered by Garry Marshall to be a “good luck charm”, having starred in 12 features for the comedy legend – notably PRETTY WOMAN (1990) which earned Elizondo a Golden Globe nomination, RUNAWAY BRIDE (1999), THE PRINCESS DIARIES films (2001, 2004) and most recently with VALENTINE’S DAY (2010). A stalwart character actor who has moved effortlessly from films to television for six decades, additional key films are THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974), THE FAN (1981), THE FLAMINGO KID (1984), NOTHING IN COMMON (1986), FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (1991) and TORTILLA SOUP (2001). Elizondo has also been a regular presence on television, staring in classic and critically acclaimed series such as “All in the Family,” “Columbo,” “Kojak,” and “The Rockford Files,” to “Chicago Hope” (for which he won an Emmy Award), “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Monk.”

“Jonathan Lynn’s films are crowd pleasers – pure and simple,” said AIFF Executive Director Jo Moulton. “Jonathan has melded that unique British comic sensibility with a light directing touch that has inspired some of the funniest onscreen moments from many of our biggest stars. And Hector Elizondo is one of the most beloved character actors of our time. In fact, his collaboration with Garry Marshall on their classic comedies alone would qualify him for the highest recognition. We think Jonathan and Hector are wonderful choices as our very first honorees as they exemplify the connection of artist to film fan that we will strive to celebrate at the Anaheim International Film Festival.”

Also announced is the complete schedule for AIFF. In its first year, the Festival’s programming includes an impressive selection of films with sections dedicated to sports, cult films and a celebration of Mexico (with respect to that country’s bicentennial) along with a thoughtful, eclectic roster of films from around the world. The combination of the film slate and a planned series of filmmaker panels along with dedicated discussions and presentations on New Media point to the ambitions and far-reaching outlook that AIFF is demonstrating in just its first edition.

Commenting on this year’s lineup, Director of Programming Matt Bolish said, “When we began to think about the program that we would like to see presented at the first AIFF, it occurred to our team that we had a very rare opportunity: to build from the ground up, to revel in one of the cornerstones of any festival experience – the discovery. It became our goal to create a slate of films that when fully realized would offer a wide range of cinematic choices present throughout the festival. We would achieve this by bringing in favorites from the festival circuit and films from at home and abroad that for one reason or another have been overlooked.”

AIFF 2010’s overall lineup will showcase a total of 47 features and 80 shorts for a total of 127 films from 30 different countries.

The breakdown by section is Galas & Special Presentations (4), Competition (7), Mexico Hoy (4), New Cult (5), Wild Blue: Extreme Sports Showcase (4), Animator (3), New Media (2), The State of the World (11), Framing the Real (7) and International Shorts (80).

The inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival runs Oct. 13-17, 2010 at UltraStar Cinemas at the Anaheim GardenWalk. Passes are now on sale and tickets go on sale, Friday, October 1. To purchase tickets for individual screenings, one-day film passes, all access passes and/or workshop passes, please visit www.ultrastarmovies.com. To purchase AIFF Awards Night tickets or tables, please visit www.anaheimfilm.org. For more information, please call (714) 991-9110.

The 2010 Anaheim International Film Festival’s complete lineup follows:

GALAS & SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

INHALE (Narrative) USA/Iceland
DIR: Baltasar Kormakur
PROD: Michelle Chydzik Sowa, Jennifer Kelly, Nathalie Marciano
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Shepard, Vincent Perez, Jordi Molla

MONICA & DAVID (Documentary) USA
DIR: Alexandra Codina
PROD: Deborah Dickson

SIXTEEN CANDLES (Narrative) (1984) USA
DIR: John Hughes
PROD: Hilton A. Green
Cast: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Paul Dooley, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Justin Henry, Gedde Watanabe

WILD TARGET (Narrative) USA
DIR: Jonathan Lynn
PROD: Michael Pope, Michael Rose
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Everett, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy

COMPETITION
AIFF’s competition section speaks to the range of choices present throughout the festival. Narrative films stand next to documentaries in recognition of the fact that good stories told well, be they fiction or fact, are what the Anaheim International Film Festival is all about. The competition section offers a selection of feature films that highlight the best and brightest new talents from around the globe.

CANARY (Narrative) USA
DIR: Alejandro Adams
PROD: Marya Murphy, Alejandro Adams, Amanda Davis
Cast: Carla Pauli, Eli Kramer, Larissa Kasian, Jennifer Latch, Galen Howard, Justin McClure, Marya Murphy, David Menashe, Chloe Latch

COLD WATER OF THE SEA (Narrative) Costa Rica/France/Spain/Netherlands/Mexico
DIR: Paz Fabrega
PROD: Jean des Forets, Paz Fabrega
Cast: Montserrat Fernandez, Lil Quesada Morua, Freddy Chavarria, Annette Villalobos, Luis Carlos Bogantes

COLONY (Documentary) Ireland
DIR: Carter Gunn, Ross McDonnell
PROD: Morgan Bushe, Macdara Kelleher

GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH (Narrative) USA
DIR: Damien Chazelle
PROD: W.A.W. Parker, Arleen McGlade, J. Mark Inman, Mihai Dinulescu, Jasmine McGlade
Cast: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin, Andre Hayward

I’M IN TROUBLE! (Narrative) South Korea
DIR: So Sang-min
PROD: Song Hyeok-jo
Cast: Min Seong-wook, Lee Seung-jun, Jeong Ji-yeon, Kim Ju-ryeong

THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGE (Narrative) India
DIR: Laximikant Shetgaonkar
PROD: National Film Development Corporation
Cast: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomkar, Prasanthi Talpanker, Vasanth Josalkar, Deepak Amonkar

ONE DAY LESS (Documentary) Mexico
DIR/PROD: Dariela Ludlow
PROD: Issa Guerra

MEXICO HOY
AIFF 2010 proudly offers this special spotlight section celebrating the Mexico of today in honor of our neighboring nation’s bicentennial.

9 MONTHS, 9 DAYS (Documentary) Mexico
DIR: Ozcar Ramirez Gonzalez
PROD: Estrella Araiza Briseño, Sandra Paredes Orihuela, Ozcar Ramírez González, Ixchel Coutiño Angulo, Trisha Ziff

CIRCO (Documentary) USA/Mexico
DIR/PROD: Aaron Schock
PROD: Sally Jo Fifer, Jannat Gargi

PERPETUUM MOBILE (Narrative) Canada/Mexico
DIR: Nicolas Pereda
PROD: Catarina Coyoacan, Nicolás Pereda
Cast: Francisco Barreiro, Gabino Rodríguez, Teresa Sánchez

THE TOLEDO REPORT (Documentary) Mexico
DIR: Albino Alvarez Gomez
PROD: Germaine Gomez Haro
Subjects/Appearances in film: Francisco Toledo, Carlos Monsivais, Elena Poniatowska, Roberto Doniz, Peter Bramsen

NEW CULT
This section provides a survey of the best and most provocative genre material hitting the festival circuit. These films chill the spine, tickle the funny bone and provide an alternative cinematic feast for the brain.

BEST WORST MOVIE (Documentary) USA
DIR: Michael Paul Stephenson
PROD: Lindsay Rowles Stephenson, Michael Paul Stephenson, Brad Klopman, Jim McKeon, Mary Francis Groom, Ace Goerig
Subject/Appearances in film: George Hardy, Claudio Fragasso, Margo Prey, Jason Steadman, Darren Ewing

BROKEN SPRINGS: SHINE OF THE UNDEAD ZOMBIE BASTARDS (Narrative) USA
DIR: Neeley Lawson
PROD: Neeley Lawson
Cast: Teaque Quillin, Travis Moody, Brandon Jenkins, George Segal, Shannon Wallen, Ashley B. Maupin, Debra L. Young, Chris Cutler, Jacob Moore, Debbie Green, John L. Altom, Scott Parker, Jake Lawson, Jeff Bobo. Narrator: Teaque Quillin

MANDRILL (Narrative) Chile
DIR: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza
PROD: Derek Rundell
Cast: Marko Zaror, Celine Reymond, Alejandro Castillo, Luis Alarcon, Augusto Schuster, Mauricio Cespedes

PHASMA EX MACHINA (Narrative) USA
DIR: Matt Osterman
PROD: Jennifer Kramer
Cast: Sasha Andreev, Matthew Feeney, Max Hauser, Emily Fradenburgh, Ellen Karsten, Katrina Hawley, Laurie King, Ted Hall, Corey Walton, Bill Gorman, Carol Vnuk

SKELETONS (Narrative) United Kingdom
DIR: Nick Whitfield
PROD: Suzanne Alizart, Robbie Allen, Anna Seifert-Speck, Tracy Brimm, Kate Myers, Paul Welsh
Cast: Andrew Buckley, Ed Gaughan, Jason Isaacs, Paprika Steen, Tuppence Middleton, Josef Whitfield

WILD BLUE: THE AIFF SPORTS SHOWCASE
AIFF shines a spotlight on the films that explore and celebrate extreme sports, including Surfing, Off-Road Racing, Skating, and Biking. With exciting up close and personal footage of the sports themselves, as well as a series of conversations with the men and women who have innovated each sport and thrilled us with their skills, we are offered a unique look at this adrenaline-fueled world.

THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR (Documentary) USA
DIR: Jeff Tremaine
PROD: Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville
Subjects/Appearances in film: Mat Hoffman, Bob Burnquist, Tony Hawk, Dave Mirra, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way

FULLY FLARED/THE MAKING OF FULLY FLARED (Documentary) USA
DIR: Ty Evans, Cory Weincheque, Spike Jonze
PROD: Spike Jonze, Kevin Dunlap, Brian Dunlap, Tim Gavin, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Eric Koston, Megan Baltimore
Subjects/Appearances in film: Mike Mo Capaldi, Anthony Pappalardo, Jesus Fernandez, Nick Jensen, Danny Brady, Lucas Puig, JJ Rousseau, JB Gillet, Cairo Foster, Alex Olson, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Brandon Biebel, Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, Marc Johnson

GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION (Documentary) Australia/USA
DIR: David Bradbury
PROD: Robert Raymond, Leah Wright
Subject/Appearances in film: Bob McTavish, Dick Brewer, Simon Baker, Kelly Slater, Mike Hynson, Skip Frye, Mick Fanning, Bob Cooper, Stephanie Gilmore, Duke Kahanamoku, Gerry Lopez, Sean Matteson, Mickey Munoz, Greg Noll, Rennie Yater, Nat Young, Wayne Lynch

THE ROOF OF AFRICA (Documentary) New Zealand
DIR: Jeff Pakosta
PROD: Grant Wheeler
Subjects/Appearances in film: Chris Birch, Kyle Redmond, Jade Gutzeit, Louwrens Mahoney, Andreas Lettenbichler

RE: ANIMATOR
Showcasing the talents of the masters of the craft of animation – be it traditional 2D, computer graphics, or stop motion – these films represent the best of the best from around the world.

MARS (Narrative) USA
DIR: Geoff Marslett
PROD: Anish Savjani, Robert Howell, Geoff Marslett, Javier Bonafont
Cast: Mark Duplass, Zoe Simpson, Paul Gordon, Cynthia Watros, Michael Dolan, Liza Weil, James Kochalka, Howe Gelb, Kinky Friedman Don Hertzfeldt

SUMMER WARS (Narrative) Japan
DIR: Maroru Hosoda
PROD: Takuya Ito, Yuichiro Saito, Nozomu Takahashi, Takashi Watanabe
Voices: Nanami Sakuraba, Ryonosuke Kamiki, Ayumu Saito, Mitsuki Tanimura, Sumiko Fuji, Takahiro Yokokawa

THE UGLY DUCKLING (Narrative) Russia
DIR/PROD: Garry Bardin
Voices: Mikhail Turetski, Svetlana Stepchenko, Artem Dzhigarkhanian, Konstantin, Raikine, Vladimir Spivakov, Yulia Rutberg, Vladimir Katchan, Grigori Anachkin

NEW MEDIA
Programmed as a film component of AIFF’s planned New Media Expo and Market, this category will feature films that explore, discuss, highlight and actively incorporate New Media into the art of film.

THE CAT, THE REVEREND AND THE SLAVE (Documentary) France
DIR: Alain Della Negra, Kaori Kinoshita
PROD: Thierry Lounas
Appearances in the film: Patrick Teal, Benjamin L. Faust, Jennifer R. Faust, Krista Kenneth

urFRENZ (Narrative) USA
DIR: Jeff Phillips
PROD: Jana Winternitz
Cast: Lily Holleman, Gayla Goehl, Najarra Townsend, Michael Robert Kelly, CaroleAnne Johnson, James Maslow

STATE OF THE WORLD
This collection of films from around the world offers an uncompromising look at our planet and its people via the discerning eye of the camera’s lens. Discoveries, the works of true auteurs, and unvarnished portraits of real people populate this section.

AMERICAN BULLY (Narrative) USA
DIR: Dave Rodriguez
PROD: George M. Kostuch, Matt Keith, Dave Rodriguez
Cast: Matt O’Leary, Marshall Allman, Jonathan Halyalkar, Sam Murphy, Ross Britz, Meghan Stansfield, Brooke Johnson, John Savage, Dan Wells, Paul Ben-Victor, Natasha Henstridge

AT THE END OF DAYBREAK (Narrative) Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea
DIR: Ho Yuhang
PROD: Lorna Tee
Cast: Chui Tien-you, Wai Ying-hung, Jane Ng, Chew Kin-wah, Mandy Chong, Kenny Gan Chi-bing, Berg Lee, Lim Yee, Ben Chung, Yeo Yann Yann, Yasmin Ahmad, Hassan Muttalib

CHILDREN METAL DIVERS (Narrative) The Philippines
DIR: Ralston G. Jover
PROD: Albert Almendralejo, Bessie Badilla
Cast: Meljun Ginto, Vincent Olano, JR Olano, Gina Pareno, Ketchup Eusebio, Joe Gruta, Simon Ibarra

GOLD & COPPER (Narrative) Iran
DIR: Homayoun Asadian
PROD: Manouchehr Mohammadi
Cast: Negar Javaherian, Behrouz Shaibi, Javad Ezati, Sahar Dolatshahi, Mehran Rajabi, Reza Radmanesh, Aida Adelpour, Zahra Abbas Zargari

JUDGE (Narrative) China
DIR/PROD: Liu Jie
Cast: Ni Dahong, Mei Ting, Qi Dao, Zheng Zheng, Song Yingchun, Gao Qunshu

A LONELY PLACE FOR DYING (Narrative) USA
DIR: Justin Evans
PROD: Justin Evans, Brent Daniels, Ross Marquand
Cast: Michael Scovotti, Ross Marquand, Michael Wincott, James Cromwell

RUNNING AMONG THE CLOUDS (Narrative) Iran
DIR: Amin Farajpour
PROD: Ali Ghavitan
Cast: Amir Safiri, Nasim Adabi, Ali Salahi, Keivan Saketof

SAMSON & DELILAH (Narrative) Australia
DIR: Warwick Thornton
PROD: Kath Shelper
Cast: Marissa Gibson, Rowan McNamara, Mitjili Gibson, Scott Thornton

TINY FURNITURE (Narrative) USA
DIR: Lena Dunham
PROD: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering
Cast: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe, Merritt Wever, Amy Seimetz, Alex Karpovsky, Jemima Kirke, David Call, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Garland Hunter, Isen Hunter

THE YANKLES (Narrative) USA
DIR: David Brooks
PROD: David Brooks, Zev Brooks, Cary Glieberman
Cast: Brian Wimmer, Bart Johnson, Don Most, Michael Buster, Susanne Sutchy, Kenneth Brown, Jesse Bennett

FRAMING THE REAL
An exciting collection of documentary films that explores the world as it is and as it was, this category puts extraordinary people, places, and events in perspective to their times. From the ins and outs of party politics to the politics of the family, these films will open your eyes not to characters but to real people whose lives and stories are nothing short of amazing.

BINGAI (Documentary) China
DIR/PROD: Feng Yan
Appearances in the film: Zhang Bingai, Zhang Yunjian, Zhang Changwen, Zhang Lingzhi, Xiong Yungang

LANDS (Documentary) Brazil
DIR: Maya Da-Rin
PROD: Sandra Werneck

LOWLANDS (Documentary) USA
DIR: Peter Thompson
PROD: Peter Thompson
Voices: Manon Krems-Koppenol, Jan F.M. Krems, Martinette Krems-Bok, Judith Feddes

A SMALL ACT (Documentary) USA
DIR: Jennifer Arnold
PROD: Jennifer Arnold, Patti Lee, Jeffrey Soros

SOUL BIRDS (Documentary) Germany
DIR: Thomas Riedelsheimer
PROD: Stefan Tolz, Thomas Riedelsheimer
Appearances in the film: Pauline Wolf, Richard Swiderski, Lenni Grabe

TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN (Documentary) Germany
DIR: Byambasuren Davaa
PROD: Beatrix Wesle, Byambasuren Davaa

UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY (Documentary) USA
DIR: Kevin Tostado
PROD: Craig Bentley, Kevin Tostado
Appearances in the film: Hank Azaria, Matt McNally, Phil Orbanes
Narration: Zachary Levi

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
Featuring narrative, documentary, and animated films, these thematic programs offer dynamic discoveries as well as some of the most heralded and critically respected short films presented on the film festival circuit this year.

Role Playing Role Models (Program One):

THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A LION France
DIR: Alois Di Leo

CUTE COUPLE USA
DIR: Courtney Moorehead Balaker

DEATH IN CHARGE USA
DIR: Devi Snively

GUIGNOL USA
DIR: Dana Turken

MAROONED USA
DIR: Ryan Nagata

ONCE UPON A CRIME USA
DIR: Lilli Birdsell

PATROL USA
DIR: John Patton Ford

Unsolved Mysteries (Program Two):

THE ARMOIRE Canada
DIR: Jamie Travis

DAS BABY Germany
DIR: Falco Jagau

BOXER Australia
DIR: Michael Latham

THE ODDS United Kingdom
DIR: Paloma Baeza

ROSENHILL Sweden
DIR: Johan Lundborg, Johan Storm

Romance is Comedy (Program Three):

A JOKE USA
DIR: Andy Brown

ALWAYS A BRIDE USA
DIR: Danny Strauss

CHUM USA
DIR: Gavin Carlton

FLAT LOVE Spain
DIR: Andres Sans-Vincente
Narration: Isabella Rossellini

THE GODMOTHER USA
DIR: Lior Chefetz

THE GOD OF LOVE USA
DIR: Luke Matheny

KARMA’S A BITCH USA
DIR: Justin Tan

OBSESSION Estonia
DIR: Andrew Bond

Animation for Grown-ups (Program Four):

A LOST AND FOUND BOX OF HUMAN SENSATION Germany
DIR: Stefan Leuchtenberg, Martin Wallner
Cast: Joseph Fiennes
Narration: Sir Ian McKellen

ANIMAL LIFTING USA
DIR: Richard Fenwick

BAIT USA
DIR: Michael Moore

CHOMP USA
DIR: Jake Olimb

LET’S POLUTE USA
DIR: Geefwee Boedoe

THE LOST THING Austraila
DIR: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan

MAN AND CAT Australia
DIR: Adam Marr

WISDOM TEETH USA
DIR: Don Hertzfeldt

THE WONDER HOSPITAL USA
DIR: Beomsik Shim

Animation for Kids (Program Five):

THE GRUFFALO United Kingdom
DIR: Max Lang, Jacob Schuh
Cast (Voices): Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson

HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP Canada
DIR: Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski
Cast (Voices): Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker

THE MOUSE THAT SOARED USA
DIR: Kyle Bell

ORMIE Canada
DIR: Rob Silvestri

ZERO Australia
DIR: Christopher Kezelos

Fantastic Journeys (Program Six):

THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS USA
DIR: Joshua Weigel
Cast: Eduardo Verastegui, Nick Vujicic

FATUM Spain
DIR: Pablo Millan

HOLE USA
DIR: Ben Saltzman

JUNKO’S SHAMISEN Canada
DIR: Sol Friedman

LITTLE MISS EYEFLAP Norway
DIR: Iram Haq

RUNAWAY Canada
DIR: Cordell Barker

SOMETIMES THE MOON IS VELVET United Kingdom
DIR: Tom Phillips

Out and About GLBT Shorts (Program Seven):

BEDFELLOWS USA
DIR: Pierre Stefanos

DEEP RED Israel
DIR: Eddie Tapero

GAYBY USA
DIR: Jonathan Lisecki

GAYSHARKTANK.COM USA
Cast: David Burtka, Miss Coco Peru
DIR: Guy Shalem

VIGILANT! HEALTHY! WHOLESOME! Australia
DIR: Lauren Anderson

YES MAN USA
DIR: Grant Reed

YOU MOVE ME USA
DIR: Gina Hirsch

Late Night Monster Show (Program Eight):

ALICE JACOBS IS DEAD USA
DIR: Alex Horwitz
Cast: Adrienne Barbeau

CULEBRA USA
DIR: Sean Carter

DRACULA’S DAUGHTERS VS. THE SPACE BRAINS USA
DIR: Frank Ippolito, Ezekiel Zabrowski
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris

LAND OF THE HEADS Canada
DIR: Claude Barras, Cedric Louis

OFF SEASON USA
DIR: Jonathan Van Tulleken

TINGLEWOOD Australia
DIR: Alexander Von Hofmann
Cast: Nathan Coenen

THE TWIN GIRLS OF SUNSET STREET Spain
DIR: Marc Riba, Anna Solanas

WINTER STALKER USA
DIR: Stephen Reedy

Secret to Success (Program Nine):

THE AMAZING ESCA-CISER (USA)
DIR: Ken Glaser

DOLL FACTORY Spain
DIR: Ainhoa Menendez Goyoaga

FREE LUNCH USA
DIR: Rick Curnutt

HECTOR CORP USA
DIR: Gary H. Lee

SALESMAN OF THE YEAR Spain
DIR: Cote Soler

TWO INTO THREE (ZWEI ZU DRITT) Germany
DIR: Neelesha Barthel

A Hero’s Salute (Program Ten):

HEAD IN THE SAND USA
DIR: David Baldwin

LIGHTS Belgium/Germany
DIR: Giulio Ricciarelli

LOST AND FOUND United Kingdom
DIR: Philip Hunt

THE RESPONSE USA
DIR: Andrew Spieler

SHE WORE SILVER WINGS USA
DIR: Devin Scott

SORES AND SIRIN Germany
DIR: Katrin Gebbe

UNREST USA
DIR: Christina Rubenstein

Shorts Preceding Features:

APOLLO Germany
DIR: Felix Gonnert
(Preceding the feature animation MARS)

BANANA BREAD USA
DIR: Barton Landsman
(Preceding the feature film WILD TARGET)

CLEAN CAROUSEL Denmark
DIR: Andreas Bodker
(Preceding the feature film BROKEN SPRINGS)

COLD TURKEY Ireland
DIR: Gavin Keane
(Preceding the feature film SKELETONS)

THE HISTORY OF AVIATION Hungary
DIR: Bálint Kenyeres
(Preceding the feature film LOWLANDS)

LA NOSTALGIA DEL SR. ALAMBRE Mexico
DIR: Jonathan Ostos Yaber
(Preceding the feature film CIRCO)

THE LITTLE DRAGON Switzerland
DIR: Bruno Collet
(Preceding the feature film MANDRILL)

MY CHILDHOOD MYSTERY TREE Russia
DIR: Natalia Mirzoyan
(Preceding the feature animation film THE UGLY DUCKLING)

ONLINE Argentina
DIR: Federico Santillana
(Preceding the feature film URFRENZ)

QUALITY TIME USA
DIR: James Redford
(Preceding the feature film TINY FURNITURE)

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD USA
Dir. Jessica Polaniecki
(Preceding the feature film ONE DAY LESS)

W(HOLE) USA
DIR: Chris Bryant
(Preceding the feature film COLD WATER OF THE SEA)

WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM USA
Dir. Peter Meech
(Preceding the feature film BEST WORST MOVIE)

source: Anaheim International Film Festival

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